Konmari-ing Your Garage New Life Have you heard about the Konmari method? Let me explain. The Konmari method was invented by Marie Kondo. She is a woman passionate about organizing her belongings and creating a stress free environment. It starts by evaluating the “clutter” in your garage on a scale factor of “joy”. Not only that, the Konmari method makes you put your stuff into categories that make it practical and reasonable to organize. Now that I have given you a quick idea of what the method is about, let’s look at how you can use the Konmari method for your garage. The garage is one of the easiest places to collect clutter and unnecessary things. However, if it gets to the point where you can’t even get your car in and out easily, I bet your “joy” factor is going to be at a big time low. To get started, remove everything for the garage. This way, you can start to evaluate the “joy” factor for everything in it. Go through each object and place a value on it. In Marie Kondo’s book, she mentions that many people tend to “hold onto things” they don’t necessarily need or use. However, when those things get lost in the clutter, people tend to buy replacements and then end up having double the amount. To do things the Konmari way, start by giving away or selling any duplicate items you find. Keep the one that gives you the bigger “joy” factor and let go of the one that doesn’t. When you can let go of the things you never really used anyway, you may be surprised by just how big your garage could be. Think about practicality. Marie Kondo also mentions that items we don’t use or need can cause us a lot of stress. That is just one of the factors that goes toward the miserable feeling we have when our spaces are messy and disorganized. Invest in garage storage to improve the organization of your garage. You can use shelves and hooks and storage boxes to help put things in places where they will forever belong. Also, to help keep odd objects, like bicycles, out of the way, try wall storage for bikes. They’re easy to install and even easier to put away your bike when it’s not in use. And, while everything is out in the open you can sort each one by practicality. Consider this the time to test those old christmas lights, replacing old and broken things, and repair anything that is damaged. The worst thing you can do is to take something out and put it back in it’s place. The focus of the Konmari method is to reduce and inspire joy. Your garage is a great place for storage however it can be made more enjoyable if you can follow this method.